We are now in the final stretch of the Hunt for October, with every teams magic number to either clinch their division or a Wild Card berth down to single digits it’s time for these teams to go hard or go home literally. Some teams are hanging in there while other teams are beginning to fall by the wayside, some teams are putting distance between themselves and the teams chasing them while others are completely falling apart and losing everything.
The New York Yankees earned a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins thanks to six scoreless innings pitched by Andy Pettite. With that win and the Baltimore Orioles splitting their double header with the Toronto Blue Jays (4-1 O’s and 9-5 Jays) the Yanks now sit a game and a half ahead of the O’s in the AL East and have their magic number to claim the division decreased to eight.
In the AL Central race both the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers came out victorious, keeping the White Sox ahead of the Tigers by one game. Chicago defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-4 with Adam Dunn’s go-ahead three-run homerun in the bottom of the eighth inning. Detroit beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 and in the process Jason Verlander improved his record to 31-0 in the past 36 games where the Tigers have given him at least four runs of run support.
The Texas Rangers have increased their lead in the AL West to five games now after they earned a tough victory over the Oakland A’s 5-4. With the win the Rangers magic number to win the division now sits at five. The A’s division hopes might be over now but they still maintain hold the AL’s second Wild Card slot.
The Washington Nationals crushed the Milwaukee Brewers 12-2 reducing their magic number to win the NL East down to four games while the Brewers now sit three and a half games back in the race for the second NL Wild Card slot. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Houston Astros 6-1 thus giving them the three and half game lead for the second NL Wild Card slot. The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the New York Mets 6-2 and the Colorado Rockies defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2. Those losses have pretty much pushed both the Pirates and D’Backs out of contention for the NL Wild Card positions.